The connected car technology is the next big thing in the Indian automotive industry. Nowadays, most of the car buyers are opting for a vehicle that supports or offers connected car technology. Hyundai was the first manufacturer to launch connected car technology for Indian consumers. Hyundai’s BlueLink technology debuted with the Venue compact-SUV. Then other manufacturers such as MG Motors followed. Now, almost every manufacturer is offering connected car technology of some kind in their vehicles. Today we list down all the connected cars that are available in India in the relatively affordable segments.
The most recent launch from Kia comes with UVO connected car technology. It is already a huge success in the Indian market. The Sonet is the first compact-SUV from Kia. It starts from Rs. 6.71 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Seltos was the first vehicle from Kia and it was a huge success in the Indian market. It helped Kia to make its mark in our country. It is a mid-size SUV that comes with loads of features and UVO connected car technology. Kia Seltos starts from Rs. 9.89 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Carnival was a surprise from the manufacture as no one expected Kia to launch an MPV after a successful SUV. However, the Carnival performed really well in the Indian market. The Carnival is currently the cheapest premium MPV that you can buy in the Indian market. It also gets UVO connected car tech and starts from Rs. 24.95 lakhs ex-showroom.
Hyundai 2020 Creta
The Creta was long due from Hyundai. It used to be the best selling mid-size SUV until the competitors like MG Hector and Kia Seltos were launched. The 2020 Creta was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and after it was launched, 2020 Creta got its best selling position back. The Creta gets Hyundai’s BlueLink connected car technology that debuted with the Venue. Hyundai Creta starts from Rs. 9.81 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Verna is the premium sedan from the Hyundai. With the 2020 facelift, it also got the BlueLink connected car technology. It is one of the most loaded sedans that you can currently get in India. It starts from Rs. 9.02 lakhs ex-showroom.
Hyundai was fairly late entering the compact-SUV market. However, when they launched the Venue, it stole the place of the best-selling compact-SUV from Vitara Brezza. It was also the first vehicle from Hyundai that offered BlueLink connected car technology. Hyundai Venue starts from Rs. 6.75 lakhs ex-showroom.
Tucson is the current flagship of Hyundai. So, it makes sense that it will offer BlueLink connected car technology. The SUV was showcased at Auto Expo 2020 where it received some cosmetic upgrades and a new 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Hyundai Tucson starts from Rs. 22.3 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Elantra is the flagship executive sedan that Hyundai currently has in its line-up. It gets the BlueLink connected car technology. Hyundai offers it with a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel engine that we have seen on other Hyundai and Kia models such as Sonet, Seltos, 2020 Creta, Venue etc. The Elantra starts from Rs. 17.60 lakhs ex-showroom.
The latest addition to Hyundai’s line-up is the i20. Even being on a pricier side, it was able to gather more than 30,000 bookings in 40 days of its launch That is a good figure for a premium hatchback whose price competes with other sedans, compact-SUVs and mid-size SUVs. The i20 not only offers BlueLink technology but also other features that even Creta and Verna don’t offer. You can read more about it by clicking here. Hyundai i20 starts from Rs. 6.79 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Nexon was the first car from Tata to receive the connected car technology. They call it ‘iRA’ or intelligent Real-time Assist. It can run live vehicle diagnostics, provide crash information, raise an alarm if an intrusion is detected, geofence, track your vehicle and much more. Tata Nexon was the first Indian car that received 5 stars in Global NCAP’s rating. Tata Nexon starts from Rs. 6.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Altroz is the first premium hatchback from the homegrown manufacturer. Tata Altroz is currently the safest hatchback that you can buy because it scored 5 stars in the Global NCAP rating. It also gets intelligent Real-time Assist from Tata. Tata Altroz starts from Rs. 5.44 lakhs ex-showroom.
Tata Nexon EV
The Nexon EV is currently the only electric vehicle that is priced below Rs. 20 lakhs. It is based on the Nexon and is powered by Tata’s Ziptron technology. Tata offers ZConnect application with the Nexon EV. It is specifically designed for Electric vehicles. The application can help you plan your road trips, find the nearest charging station, get alerts and much more. Tata Nexon EV starts from Rs. 13.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Hector was the first SUV from MG Motors. It has been very successful in the market and offered MG’s i-Smart connected car technology. It is one of the most loaded connected car technology that is on sale currently. It gets features like remote control, track vehicle, geofencing, OTA updates and a lot more. MG is currently working on releasing a facelift of the Hector which should hit the showrooms in 2021. You can read more about it by clicking here. MG Hector starts from Rs. 12.83 lakhs ex-showroom.
MG Hector Plus
The Hector Plus is basically a more premium version of the Hector. It gets a tan interior and captain seats for the second row. MG offers the same i-Smart connected car technology as the Hector. MG Hector Plus starts from Rs. 13.73 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Gloster is the flagship SUV from MG Motors. It gets the i-Smart 2.0 connected car technology. The new technology adds more features than the i-Smart 1.0 which is available on other MG models. MG Gloster starts from Rs. 29.98 lakhs ex-showroom.
MG ZS EV
MG offers a special version of i-Smart technology called i-SMART EV 2.0. This technology is specifically made for electric vehicles and is currently only available on the ZS EV. MG ZS EV starts from Rs. 20.88 lakhs ex-showroom.
Jeep Compass was a hit in the market when it was first launched. It is the most affordable model that Jeep currently sells in India. Jeep offers UConnect with the SUV that allows the user to flash headlights, honk the horn, remote start, find the vehicle etc through the connected car tech. Jeep Compass starts from Rs. 16.49 lakhs ex-showroom.
Ford Ecosport comes with FordPass connected car tech. This allows the user to remote start/stop, remote lock/unlock, locate the vehicle and much more through the application. Ford Ecosport starts from Rs. 8.19 lakhs ex-showroom
Ford Aspire is a sub-4 meter sedan that is based on the Figo. Ford offers the compact-sedan with a petrol and a diesel engine. It also offers the FordPass connected tech. The Aspire starts from Rs. 6.09 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Freestyle is a crossover rugged version of the Ford Figo which is their hatchback. It currently does not have any direct rivals because other manufacturers have discontinued the rugged version of their hatchbacks. So, the Freestyle is unique to its own segment. Ford offers the FordPass connected tech with the Freestyle also. It starts from Rs. 5.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
Ford Figo is one of the best handling hatchbacks that are currently on sale in the Indian market. It is currently the cheapest vehicle that Ford offers. Ford is offering its connected car tech with the Figo also even though it is the cheapest vehicle in their line-up. Ford Figo starts from Rs. 5.49 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Endeavour is the flagship SUV for Ford in India. It is one of the best full-size SUVs that you can currently buy in the Indian market. It is a capable SUV that also received an update recently. It is now available only with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Ford Endeavour costs Rs. 29.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
Honda 2020 City
Honda City 5th generation was the first vehicle from the Japanese manufacturer to get connected car technology. Honda City comes with Honda Connect connected car tech. It offers 32 features that can be done remotely. The City also features Amazon Alexa capabilities. Honda 2020 City starts from Rs. 10.89 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Kicks was the first car with which Nissan launched its Nissan Connect connected car technology. It offers more than 50 features such as speed alert, geofencing alert, tow alert and much more. Nissan Kicks starts from Rs. 9.49 lakhs ex-showroom.
Nissan Magnite is the latest compact-SUV to compete in the segment. It is the cheapest compact-SUV that you can buy. It also offers Nissan’s Nissan Connect connected tech that offers service history, service booking, automated roadside assistance, geofencing, vehicle status and much more. Nissan Magnite starts from Rs. 4.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
Toyota Innova Crysta
The Innova Crysta recently got a facelift with which Toyota added its connected car technology. It can track the vehicle, geo-fence and saves the parking location. Toyota Innova Crysta starts from Rs. 16.26 lakhs ex-showroom.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
Volkswagen Polo TSI is one of the best performings and handling hatchbacks in the Indian market. If you consider yourself a keen driver then the Polo could be the best option for you. Volkswagen is offering its Volkswagen Connect technology that works through a dongle that plugs into the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of the car. Volkswagen Connect offers anti-theft alarm, service history, geo-fencing and much more. These features are only offered on the GT variant which costs Rs. 9.67 lakhs ex-showroom.
Along with the Polo, the Vento also got the Volkswagen Connect technology. It is only available on the Highline Plus variant. Volkswagen Vento Highline Plus costs Rs. 12.08 lakhs ex-showroom.